“Knockout Of The Night” Breakdown: UFC 139 Edition

At UFC 139, Michael McDonald absolutely obliterated an outmatched Alex Soto in less than one minute with a beautiful display of boxing. The “Knockout of the Night” performance pushed McDonald’s UFC record to 3-0 and at only 20-years old, the American may be the biggest prospect currently in the UFC.

The domination of Soto was the most impressive victory McDonald’s young career. While there were several brutal knockout finishes on the card, McDonald was more than deserving of the 70 thousand dollar bonus he received for the finish.

Lets take a closer look at the techniques used by McDonald as he finished Soto in Fight Cove’s “Knockout Of the Night” Breakdown: UFC 139 Edition.

To start off, why not watch the knockout again? It came only 56-seconds into round one.


It all started at the 40-second mark when Soto threw an inside leg kick and McDonald countered with a ducking overhand right, straight left combination. The right hand was similar to the one Junior dos Santos used to knock out Cain Velasquez last weekend, except McDonald landed his as a counter punch, opposed to dos Santos, who set it up with a jab (as discussed in “Knockout of the Night” Breakdown: UFC on FOX Edition). Fortunately for Soto, the overhand right dropped him before the straight left that followed could connect.

Soto’s mistake was not covering his face up when threw the inside leg kick. In the GIF below, while throwing the inside leg kick, Soto leaves his right hand too far away from his face, allowing McDonald to land a clean shot.


Consequently, once the right connected, McDonald pounced on a hurt Soto with a flurry of unanswered blows. Somehow, Soto was able to survive, but only for a moment. A devastating four-punch combination, putting Soto to sleep and sending his hopes of victory up in flames. McDonald connected with three vicious right uppercuts -Soto was out by the second- followed by a straight left that forced referee Josh Rosenthal to call a stop to the contest.

Riding a seven fight win streak -three straight in the UFC- and a record of 14-1,  we at FightCove are very excited to see more from the 20-year old McDonald in the future.

Here is another angle of the knockout for good measure.

(GIF’s courtesy of IronForgesIron & MMA-Core, Photo courtesy of UFC.com)

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